PLEASANT VIEW -- Utah Transit Authority is considering eliminating FrontRunner service between Pleasant View and Ogden after less than three years of operation.
UTA is mulling a proposal that would halt all FrontRunner service to and from the Pleasant View park and ride station.
The agency is looking at the cut because the Pleasant View portion of the line doesn't see enough riders to make it worth the cost, said UTA spokesman Brandon Bott.
"We've only been seeing about 25 people use it per day, so we're looking at ways to try and build ridership and do it at a lower cost."
To achieve that goal, Bott said, UTA is considering replacing the FrontRunner trips with bus routes.
Currently, FrontRunner runs to Pleasant View only four times every day -- twice in the morning and twice in the evening.
The proposed bus replacement would run 16 times every day, with eight trips in the morning and eight trips at night.
The bus route would pick up UTA riders at the Pleasant View FrontRunner station, 2700 N. U.S. 89, and shuttle them to the Ogden station, 2501 Wall Ave.
Pleasant View Mayor Doug Clifford said the city is aware of UTA's proposal and ultimately thinks it will better serve transit riders in the area.
"We were a little upset at first because we had just put $65,000 into the terminal and the platform there," he said.
"But ultimately, we think it will be a plus, because the new bus service will allow people to do pretty much the same thing, but do it with more consistency. We've been asking for more convenient bus service for quite some time."
Clifford said the Pleasant View portion of FrontRunner has been somewhat doomed from the beginning, which may account for the low ridership numbers.
The station was supposed to open along with the rest of the line in April 2008, but UTA couldn't maintain right of way in the area and had to share the stretch of track with Union Pacific.
Improvements that needed to be made to the shared stretch of track were delayed when railroad workers were diverted to repair tracks damaged by a landslide in Oregon.
The Pleasant View leg of FrontRunner was finally completed Sept. 29, 2008, nearly six months after the rest of the line.
"It's kind of the chicken and the egg question," Clifford said. "Is ridership low because we just don't have the demand for it, or is it low because the service is limited and there (are) only a few trips?"
An extension of FrontRunner to Brigham City exists as an unfunded project on UTA's long-range plan. If the extension is ever realized, the Pleasant View line would operate.